Animal communication signals form some of the most elaborate traits in the animal kingdom. These signals often consist of complex multimodal constituents that include both morphological and behavioral components. Our lab is generally interested in how these signals evolve and we are especially interested in how cognitive perception and individual behavior drive complex signal evolution.
In collaboration with SaviMade, this semester, our lab has produced a new species of robofrog: the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)! Because of a grant awarded to our undergraduates, we were able to fund their creation so that next field season they can be used as a visual stimulus during behavioral trials.
Alongside their older counterparts (green treefrogs (Hyla cinerea) and túngara frogs (Physalaemus pustulosus)), these little guys are the next generation of robofrogs and represent the future of our lab.
Mate Choice Activity
We have developed a short lesson instructors can use for their curriculum on frog acoustic communication and mate choice as part of our ongoing outreach efforts. See it here.
School Activity K-12
We contributed to amphibian conservation lesson plans at our Gamboa, Panamá field site, intended for schoolchildren visiting the lab. Get a copy of the curriculum here.
Species of Interest
Three of our major focal anuran species plus some additional species can be found here. Most are complete with vocalizations, representative images, and range maps
A team of our undergrads was awarded SU's Henson Student Research Grant to fund research on the communication of the local frog species, P. crucifer (spring peeper). Congrats, guys!
In preparation for the 2021 field season, our undergrads have been hard at work helping our graduate student, Rose, get supplies and equipment ready. Thanks for all the help!
Our previous graduate student, Derek Coss, recently celebrated a publication in the journal Behavioral Ecology with research he conducted in our lab. Dr. Taylor also made the front cover with his photography! (Click on the cover to read it!)
IN THE MEDIA
Dr. Taylor: 410-543-6418
Dr. Hunter: 410-543-6146
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Salisbury, MD 21801